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General Info

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The PowerThru Summer Education Program is an initiative from EmpowerU to create education opportunities and a learning community, Leveraging our pedagogical expertise and connection to the University of Hong Kong, our team has partnered up with 10 excellent instructors to introduce five courses to students.

We have also created an online learning community through our social media page initiative called PowerThru where we interview young members of the ethnic minority community pursuing careers on novel paths. The goal of this series is to build students’ exposure to different career possibilities during a window in their education when they have more time to explore new things and present the important information in a fun and engaging way. 

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Course Structure 

  • Each course is 2 months (Oct- Nov), excluding UT week

  • Students can pick the courses period that fits their schedule
     

  • See below for a detailed schedule
     

Course outline

  • During each week, students will engage in online learning of pre-recorded lessons at their own pace, with a live class with the instructors at the end of each week

  • Students will be put into “peer learning teams” and will work together on a final project that will be due at the end of the two-week course

  • During the week, students will communicate with each other, the EmpowerU team, and instructors via an online course management server

Target Students

  • Form 3 - Form 4

  •  14 - 16 year-olds

  • 6 students per class​

  • Maximum 25 students per course

Current Courses

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Behind the Hustle

Course Schedule:
Course period: October 8th - November 19th
Mandatory live session dates: October 8th - November 19th

*Hybrid of 6 in-person classes at Delia Memorial School (Glee
Path) and online lesson videos created by EmpowerU

 

With instructors:

Anushka Purohit, Sakshi Vasudev, Samprada Gurung, Xyra Sace

  • This course is made up of first-hand entrepreneurial journeys of young Hong Kong ethnic minority entrepreneurs specialising in sustainable business brands, media production companies, talent agencies and educational institutions.

  • Content covered ranges from coming up with a business idea to learning how to present an elevator pitch to sell your idea.

  • Topics covered:

    • Brainstorming

    • Marketing and branding

    • Funding

    • Understanding the paperwork procedure to set up a business. 

  • At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to share a business idea in a “Shark Tank” style presentation to consolidate all the skills and knowledge they have accumulated over the two weeks.

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Build It

Course Schedule:
Course period:
October 11th - November 22nd
Mandatory live session dates: October 11th - November 22nd

*Hybrid of 6 in-person classes at Delia Memorial School (Glee
Path) and online lesson videos created by EmpowerU

With instructors: John Joseph Ledesma Caguinguin

 

  • This course covers the basics of what the world of architecture looks like and the necessary skills required for this field of work.

  • Learn the fundamentals of plan drawing and apply the principles of elevation drawing to digital drawing - using SketchUp
     

  • Skills acquired through the course:

    • Sketching architectural plans on tracing paper

    • Drawing digital architectural plans on an easy-to-use software

    • Creating basic 3D physical models

    • Communicating and working in a team

    • Practising presentation and public-speaking skills
       

  • At the end of the course, students will showcase and present their 3D models. One student will be selected for a 3-week to a 2-month internship at DEFT, where they can build their portfolio to help shop around to design firms for job shadowings!

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Science on the Scene

Course Schedule:
Course period: October 15th - November 26th
Mandatory live session dates: October 15th - November 26th

*Hybrid of 6 in-person classes at Delia Memorial School (GleePath) and online lesson videos created by EmpowerU

With instructors:

Rabia Aslam, Vijaykrishna Dhanasekaran, Kimberly Edwards, Shreya Gurung

  • This course introduces students to the world of Forensic Science, using
    a real-life Forensic Science Lab kit that will be used to solve cases!

     

  • Conduct exciting experiments such as:

    • The use of chromatography to extract evidence from DNA

    • Special indicators to spot acids and alkalis

    • Processes to show how to develop, lift and match fingerprints
       

  • At the end of the course, students will use the knowledge learned in the course and apply them in a case study of their own choice and present how the use of Forensic Science helps with investigating and solving cases.

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Braving the Urban Jungle

Course Schedule:
Course period: October 15th - November 26th
Mandatory live session dates: October 15th - November 26th

*Hybrid of 6 in-person classes at Delia Memorial School (GleePath) and online lesson videos created by EmpowerU

With instructors: Marco Chan, Ryan Yip
 

  • This course gives students an introduction to Hong Kong’s biodiversity and the different types of species found in Hong Kong.

  • Focuses on increasing students’ awareness and knowledge of the wildlife found in Hong Kong.Skills acquired through this course:
     

  • Documenting findings of different species in HK

    • Becoming more aware and observant of local neighborhoods and the environment

    • Appreciating the wide range of biodiversity in HK

    • Learning research skills such as citation and data presentation

    • Practicing presentation and public speaking skills
       

  • At the end of the course, students will present findings of different species they have documented through photographs and videos throughout the course.

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Matters of the Mind

Course Schedule:
Course period: October 8th - November 19th
Mandatory live session dates: October 8th - November 19th

*Hybrid of 6 in-person classes at Delia Memorial School (Glee
Path) and online lesson videos created by EmpowerU

With instructors: Harpinder Kaur, Tavleen Kaur Grewal, Ravreet Kaur, Nazreen Banu, Yusuf Mohideen

  • This course will introduce students to the concept of “mental health” and its effects on our mental and physical well-being.

  • Navigating the stigma around mental health and starting conversations with people around them. 
     

  • Skills acquired through this course:

    • Communicating effective words and sentence structures to express emotions

    • Showing empathy and compassion towards oneself and others

    • Recognising stigma and navigating conversations around it

    • Learning research skills such as citation and data presentation

    • Practicing presentation and public-speaking skills
       

  • At the end of the course, students will deliver a clear and researched presentation on a mental health support service idea for schools in Hong Kong in front of working professionals from the fields of social work and mental health education.

Detailed Schedule

Tuition

HK$ 500/course

We would love to work with students who are interested but may not have the financial capacity to pay for the course(s) through scholarship programmes kindly provided by schools and private donors. Please contact us to discuss scholarship options.

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